Everything Is Awesome
|"Everything Is Awesome"|
|Single by Tegan and Sara featuring The Lonely Island|
|from the album The Lego Movie: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack|
|Released||January 27, 2014|
|Songwriter(s)||Shawn Patterson, Jo Li, The Lonely Island|
|Producer(s)||Shawn Patterson, Mark Mothersbaugh, Bartholomew|
|Tegan and Sara singles chronology|
|The Lonely Island singles chronology|
"Everything Is Awesome" (stylized as "Everything Is AWESOME!!!") is the theme song to the 2014 Warner Bros. Pictures film The Lego Movie. It was written by Shawn Patterson, Jo Li, and The Lonely Island. The single and pop version featured in the end credits of the movie was produced by Mark Mothersbaugh and performed by Tegan and Sara in collaboration with The Lonely Island.
The version of "Everything Is Awesome" featured in The Lego Movie scene, official trailer, TV spots, video game, and featurette was produced by Bartholomew and performed by Bartholomew and Lisa Harriton under the name Jo Li.
We want to be a "serious" musical band, while also being humorous people, but this was so adorable, and the movie looked great, and the opportunity to do something with Mark Mothersbaugh and the Lonely Island ... it was sort of a no-brainer, and it's turned out to be this really cool moment. We feel like it was a win-win.
[It] was supposed to be like mind control early in the film. It's totally irritating, this kind of mindless mantra to get people up and working. It's like the whip crack on their back, but then by the end of the movie it morphs into, instead of being just a mindless, go-to-work song it becomes about co-operation and people working together to do bigger things.
"Everything Is Awesome" debuted at No. 7 on the Dance/Electronic Songs chart, with 34,000 downloads in its first week (Nielsen SoundScan) and 11 on the Irish Charts. It also charted 35 on the Canadian Hot 100. The song charted 17 on the UK Charts and charted 3 on the UK Indie. In the US Billboard Hot 100, the song charted 57. As of June 2014[update], the single had sold 418,000 copies in the United States.
International Business Times described the song as a parody of creeping fascism, saying that the song "seems little more than an infectiously catchy parody of watered-down radio pop, right down to the faux-dubstep breakdown. There's a lot more happening under the surface, however."
As one of the songs nominated for Best Original Song at the 2015 Oscars, "Everything Is Awesome" was performed as a large-scale musical number featuring not only Tegan and Sara and The Lonely Island, but also on-stage appearances by Mothersbaugh (paying homage to his 1970s group Devo by wearing a LEGO version of the distinctive Devo energy dome), DJ Questlove, and comic actor Will Arnett dressed as Batman (in the film, Arnett provides the voice of Batman and sings the mocking heavy metal composition "Untitled Self Portrait", an excerpt of which was incorporated into the "Everything Is Awesome" performance). According to LEGO Movie co-director Christopher Miller, for this on-stage appearance, Arnett wore the Batman costume originally worn by Val Kilmer in the 1995 film Batman Forever. Arnett also lip-synced to the song on the Reality TV Show Lip Sync Battle, while dressed as Emmet, the character voiced by Chris Pratt in The Lego Movie.
Awards and nominations
- Nominated for Best Original Song at the 87th Academy Awards
- Nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Song Written for Visual Media
- Nominated for a Critics' Choice Movie Award for Best Song
- 2014 Denver Film Critics Society for Best Original Song
- Nominated for a 2014 Georgia Film Critics Association for Best Original Song
- 2014 Hollywood Music In Media Award for Song - Animated Film
- 2014 Houston Film Critics Society for Best Original Song
- 2015 Talk Film Society Awards for Best Original Song
- 2014 Iowa Film Critics for Best Original Song
- Phoenix Film Critics Society Awards 2014 for Best Original Song
- Nominated for a Satellite Award for Best Original Song
- Variety Artisans Award
Charts and certifications
- This song had been used in other works in the Lego franchise:
- A version appears in The Lego Batman Movie, performed by Richard Cheese and Lounge Against the Machine.
- In January 2019, the song was re-used in a music video to promote The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part, whereas original characters and new characters were shown dancing to the song. A 360 degree version was also made.
- A ukulele-driven "tween remix" with new verses by Garfunkel and Oates is featured in the The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part.
- Also in The Lego Movie 2, the characters sing a rather sad reprise of the song entitled "Everything's Not Awesome" (US)/"Everything is Awful" (UK) at the falling point of the film.
- In July 2014, the song was re-used in a video of Greenpeace to promote their petition calling on The Lego Group to drop its partnership with Shell.
- In 2016, an Xfinity commercial featured a cover of the song with altered lyrics.
- Shawn Patterson (February 14, 2014). Everything Is Awesome - Shawn Patterson (Unplugged) surprise performance (HD) (Motion). Warner Bros.Pictures: Warner Bros. Pictures/Ryan Halpern. Event occurs at 0:11. Retrieved January 12, 2015.
Shawn Patterson, who wrote the music and lyrics for the hit song from The Lego Movie "Everything Is Awesome", surprises a crowd of WB employees with his unplugged rendition of the song at a conference room celebration.
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